Accession Number : ADP001736

Title :   Today's Constraints Drive Ammo Magazines Underground,

Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA

Personal Author(s) : Keenan,W. A. ; Tancreto,J. E.

Report Date : MAY 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Aboveground magazines for storage of ammunition are increasingly difficult to accommodate within constraints imposed by explosive safety, physical security, survivability, and fleet operational requirements. The Navy has developed an alternative design concept, called a chimney magazine. The chimney magazine consists of a box for weapons storage, two chimneys for access to storage, a horizontal sliding door over each chimney, a blanket of soil over the box, and a straddle trailer to retrieve and transport weapons. The concept dramatically increases the physical security and survivability of storage and dramatically decreases the encumbered land area without compromising explosives safety requirements for noncommunication of explosions, damage to storage from explosions, and protection of life and property in inhabited areas from blast, ground shock, and debris. It is concluded the chimney magazine offers high potential of being a cost effective concept to meet DOD requirements for tomorrow's ammo depot. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Magazines(Ordnance), *Ammunition, *Underground facilities, Symposia, Storage, Safety, Security, Survivability, Military requirements, Naval equipment, Systems engineering, Chimneys, Boxes, Weapons, Doors, Soils, Blankets, Cost effectiveness

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE